Van Go

In the US my favorite way to travel is by car or, more specifically, by van. For the record, I love the combination of traveling via mass transit and staying in funky little hostels probably best of all but neither of those are really feasible when traveling throughout most of the United States. There’s also…

Travels With Charley

Awhile back I read Travels with Charley – In Search of America by John Steinbeck. I was not expecting much since I’ve not been a fan of Steinbeck’s works of fiction but I really fell in love with his writing in this book. It helps of course that it’s about travel. Travels with Charley is…

Eating Cheaply (but well) On the Road

On my recent road trip to California with my two daughters we averaged just over $10 per person per day for food but we didn’t starve or get scurvy or anything! Here’s how we did it… Think Nutritious Snacks: When you’re spending a lot of time in the car you don’t often need or crave…

California or Bust 2014 Finances

Remember my super thrilling description of how I planned out my road trip with spreadsheets? Well the trip was fantastic (more details to be shared later) and now that I’ve recovered, I went back through to see how my financial planning stacked up… I had originally budgeted the following: Fuel $838.14 Food $550.00 Lodging $150…

Convertible Bed for a Honda Odyssey

New for the soccer gypsy mom – a minivan with a convertible bed! In preparation for my road trip with my 9 and 12 year old daughters I checked out various van-camping ideas online and decided to design my own. Then I sweet talked my favorite handy-man (and husband), Jake, to build it. Materials: 3…

Thinking Outside the Suitcase

On one particular road trip where we were in a new place each evening it finally occurred to me around night 5 that it was really stupid for me to be schlepping a suitcase full of things that were A. dirty, B. not going to be used/worn in the next 24 hours, or C. both.…

Trippin’ with Toddlers

Comedian Ron Funches said, “Raising a child is like taking care of someone who’s on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mousepad.” If parenting is a mental trip, parenting on a…